These little nuggets were hitting the 2 month mark when I visited to take some pictures of them and their big brothers with mom and dad. These folks are some good friends of mine, and although I knew they were pretty great before, I am in awe at how amazing they are doing having 4 boys 4 and under. Sure it’s hard, and sure they’d still love people to bring them meals (ahem, friends…) but they seem to be parenting this brood with more grace and patience that most could possibly do. What I do know is that they have half a baseball team which should make Teton High School (and mom) pretty happy some day!
A word on in-home newborn shoots while I’m at it. Do I do them? Yes! How do they differ from a studio shoot? A lot!
See, over the years, I have found the best way to photograph newborns is in a consistent, calm, predictable environment. That means studio strobes perfectly white balanced to make the editing flow reasonable (gone are the days of 8 hours of editing per shoot…I’m serious.) This also means using props/blankets/beanbag/backgrounds/etc. that I know can help pose and feature baby. In addition, clients have access to a full selection of headbands, wraps, outfits, hats, blankets and more to fit with their style and color choices. I allow 3 hours since we need baby to be sleepy for most of those poses, and there is a lot of feeding/soothing added into that time.
When I come to a client’s home, however, I don’t bring props and I use natural light. Authentic documentary-style shooting, which is how I began my career and something I still truly love. It needs to be clear that there won’t be detailed posing and I am more lax with getting a perfect family shot (especially when 2 little siblings are included!) Life with kids is messy and imperfect and yet filled with love, and that is what I’m there to capture. Babies can be in a diaper or in a simple onesie like Carter and Tommy. And my favorite shots are when mom and dad are holding and loving on their new babe(s). In addition, these shoots only last up to 90 minutes. (And of course, there is a travel fee involved if outside of Teton Valley, Idaho.)
It’s also a little less important to get this shoot done within 2 weeks. These guys were a bit early and had to spend some time in Idaho Falls in the NICU, so for them, a 2 week shoot wasn’t even a possibility. You run the risk of things like newborn acne and dry skin spiking after that, but those are things we can handle as necessary.
One last thing to point out is that you will have to tidy up a bit, ideally in at least a few pertinent, light-filled rooms. Many parents love that they can come to the studio, kick back on the couch, sip a cup of tea and pay no mind to cleaning, which is typically low on the list for new parents. But if you just can’t make it to the studio, you’ll have to do a little more work at home prior to my arrival.
Your investment will be similar regardless of where we shoot, and if you want more information on that, please click that CONTACT link up above or email me for a full pricing guide.
Whatever you choose, you will not regret slowing down this moment in time for a bit since you’ll blink and it will be gone.
Without further ado…